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More than 380 graduates and apprentices have kick started their design, engineering and project management careers after joining Atkins.

The 300 graduates and 80 apprentices will be based at offices around the country including, Birmingham (26), Bristol (52), London (50), Epsom (62), Warrington (31), Derby (13) and Leeds (13). The young people in this latest intake will start building their careers across a range of disciplines from mechanical, electrical and civil engineering through to surveying and project management, working across a number of markets, including Energy, Transport, Water, Defence and the Built Environment. This year, Atkins’ Transportation division has recruited the highest number of graduates (70) and apprentices (41) reflecting on-going growth and investment in the sector.

Nick Roberts, Atkins’ UK & Europe chief executive officer, said: “Nurturing the aspirations and development of our future engineers, designers and scientists is crucial to the delivery and sustainability of our infrastructure. We’re committed to developing and implementing ideas that will help move the world forward and enrich lives, and our new graduates and apprentices are vital to achieving this. We want them to have the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and experience which will enable them to move through their careers, while designing and delivering the connected places and spaces of tomorrow.”

The number of young women joining the graduate development programme this year has continued to grow for a second year in a row, with females making up 30 per cent (91) of the intake this year, a four per cent increase from 2014. Atkins is committed to attracting more females into the engineering profession and is working closely with Women in Science, Technology and Engineering (WISE) and other industry groups to promote the profession to young women in schools, colleges and universities through our STEM activities.

Jennifer Pollard, graduate civil engineer in Atkins’ Transportation business, based in the Croydon office, commented on her first year as a graduate: “The continuation of an engineer’s early development from being a university student to a graduate engineer can be a big change. So, when I joined the Atkins graduate scheme, I soon realised it offered more than just a structured development programme but also a support network and community. It’s through social and professional networking opportunities between graduates and other team members from different regions and technical disciplines I’ve been able to gain a real insight into the industry and develop long lasting professional relationships. However, it’s day to day in the office, working with your team delivering a project, where you feel the greatest sense of purpose, knowing we are all working towards creating a better place for us all live.”

Dan Bennett, water operations apprentice at Atkins, based in the Exeter office, said: “Before finishing school, I’d already realised I wanted to do something more hands on and practical with my career. At the same time, making sure I was gaining qualifications and moving towards a degree was really important to me, hence why an apprenticeship was the perfect career path. Earning whilst learning is a great way to start work and there is always a new challenge or task to get stuck into, whether at college or in the office which always makes for an interesting week!”

Applications for the graduate development programme 2016 have already opened, with an expected 400 vacancies across the UK business. After a series of improvements to graduate assessments, prospective candidates are now being given the opportunity to submit applications before going back to university. It’s now also quicker, easier and less time consuming to apply for a role. The next summer placement programme will offer around 185 opportunities across the business from October 2015.

Key application dates:
Graduate application for 2016 open and close: Monday 3 August – 8 November (first closing date)
Apprenticeship applications for 2016 open: March 2016
Summer placement applications for 2016 open: From October 2015

To find out more information about any of our career opportunities or to apply, please visit our careers site.


For more information:

Gary Gaskarth
Head of external communications, UK
Tel: +44 20 7121 2676

Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing some 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

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